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Cramer on Casting – The perfect back cast

Bob Cramer

Mossy Creek guide, Bob Cramer, continues his series of casting tips.

Making a great forward cast can only be accomplished by making a great back cast. Whatever happens on your back cast has a powerful influence on your forward cast. It is important to learn how to adjust where the line going on the back cast.

There are a number of things that need to happen to make a good back cast.
1. The line needs to straighten out behind you.
2. The line needs to form a loop on the back cast.
3. The back cast loop needs to go in the right direction.
4. You must stop the rod.
5. You Must Stop the Rod
6. YOU MUST STOP THE ROD

Lets cover these steps one at a time.

1) The line needs to straighten out behind you.
The line is the weight you are casting. The amount of line you have out influences how far down the rod bends(loads) when you move it. The further down the rod bends the more line it will cast. If the line doesn’t get straight behind you the rod won’t bend (load) enough to cast the right amount of line.

It is important to generate enough line speed during the cast to get the amount of line you are casting to straighten out. The more line you have out, the more line speed you need to generate. Line speed is controlled by how quickly you bend and unbend the rod (load), not necessarily how far you move the rod.

Now, let me qualify something. A longer stroke will also generate more line speed but for amounts of line of 40 to 50 feet, most rods will generate enough line speed to make those cast without a lot of extra effort. We will discuss the power strokes in a future post.

2) The line needs to form a loop on the back cast.
Remember, you form a loop by stopping the rod. Whatever direction you are moving the tip when you stop it is where the line and the loop are going to go. If your cast moves the rod too far, the rod tip will stop in a downward direction and that is where your loop will go. If you stop the rod tip going up at an angle, your loop will go up. The line needs to have a chance to turn over in the air.

3) The back cast loop needs to go in the right direction.
The loop, at the very least, should go straight out behind you; even better if it is going up a little. If your loop unrolls 2 feet above the ground, you better have perfect timing or your line is gonna hit the ground. If it unrolls 8 feet above the ground, you have a little grace period before you have to start your forward cast. You are in control of where your loop goes and if it’s not going where you want it to, change the angle of where you are stopping the rod.

Try this for practice. Go out in the yard. Start casting 30 feet of line and try to get your back cast to go up at a 45 degree angle behind you. Then get your forward cast to do the same. Experiment with getting your loop to go in any direction you want it to go.

4), 5) and 6) You get the point. Enough said!